Monday, August 26, 2019

#238 / Which Thousand Words?

Sometimes, I write a blog post just because I like the sound of a phrase. Once in a while, one of my blog postings is stimulated by a picture. Yesterday's blog post, for instance, was stimulated by the picture of our president as a blind man. That was a real classic photo, to my mind, showing Donald Trump as a kind of demented Roy Orbison, but without the musical ability. 

The photo above is from The New York Times. It was used to illustrate an editorial that appeared in the Saturday, August 24, 2019, edition of the paper: "With the Economy on Edge, Trump Sees Only Enemies." 

When I saw that picture, I immediately thought of the phrase, "A picture is worth a thousand words."

It is a striking picture; at least I was struck by it. But what "thousand words" are being conveyed by this photograph of our irascible and unpredictable president? 

In a way, that is the question we will all be addressing as we vote in the 2020 presidential election. What is this guy all about? He is our president, after all, so what are we all about?

If we pick him out again, it will be a vote to confirm a national penchant for irrational bellicosity, steeped in unchecked autocracy, and trending towards danger. I could add a few more words, too. I am not anywhere near a thousand.

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